Additional learning support

Stockport Continuing Education Service
Learning and Employment

June 2020

Policy Statement

Stockport Continuing Education Service is committed to actively promoting equality of opportunity by ensuring that all learners are able to reach their full potential and be successful in their learning. The Service aims to provide information, advice and guidance to all learners before they start their learning and to identify any additional needs they may have. Learners are encouraged to discuss their needs at all stages of the learning.

The Service develops its provision in response to the wide range of needs learners have and in doing so we aim to design flexible programmes of learning that help reduce barriers to learning. We regularly review the impact of additional learning to ensure its impact on learner achievement. Learners are supported to develop strategies and skills that encourage them to become independent learners.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all learners achieve their learning potential and understand their entitlement to support. All staff must be aware of and positively promote the Service’s commitment to:

promote equality and participation
ensure that individualised strategies are in place to support learning
monitor the impact and quality of the learning support that is delivered.

Stockport Continuing Education Service is committed to inclusive learning and widening participation; the service also takes, seriously, its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. This means that all applicants and learners who have disabilities and/or learning difficulties are entitled to have their needs assessed and support provided to enable them to participate as fully as possible in learning.

Additional Learning Support (ALS) will include any activity that provides direct support for learning to individual learners over and above that which is provided in their learning programme, other than SfL, and which leads to their main Learning Aim. The need may be a result of a learning difficulty or disability or from literacy, numeracy or language support requirements.

In instances where a number of learners in a learner group require ALS support, the design and delivery of the programme will reflect this or by reconsidering the choice of programme to ensure a wider curriculum offer is provided in order to meet learner needs and aspirations.

Provision for ALS will be determined and agreed by the Learner Services Co-ordinator in agreement with Advanced Practitioners, and where appropriate, external agencies.

WHAT IS LEARNING SUPPORT?

The Additional Learning Support (ALS), as defined by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), can be provided in the following circumstances:

1:1 support in class or general support
1:1 support or small group out of class e.g. workshops, study groups etc.
English Language support for home students either in class or 1:1
Assessments for exam concessions
Staff development
Training in use of specialist equipment and IT software
Within Additional Learning Support the following support strategies can be made available for learners:
Ensuring teaching and learning is inclusive and differentiated in terms of times, resources and delivery methods
Rolling programme of study skills support
Provision of learning support assistance in the classroom
Tutorials and pastoral support
Specialist support for deaf learners and those with dyslexia
Assistive technology support
Access to a Brailing service
Teachers of English and maths
Access arrangements for exams

CONFIDENTIALITY

Learners are not required to disclose a learning disability and/or difficulty to their tutor but it is in their interest to inform the Learner Support Co-ordinator or Exams Officer if they think they require support during their learning or examinations. As access arrangements are based on a learner’s usual way of working it is important they understand these cannot be agreed for the sole purpose of taking an exam and that they need to demonstrate the support has been necessary throughout their learning.

Relevance of the policy to the Equality Act 2010

The service is committed to ensuring equal access to learning for all learners. This policy and procedure supports this commitment and will be reviewed annually to take account of policy changes that may impact on an individual’s ability to access learning.

Useful information and links

Equality Act 2010

JCQ – Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments 2020 – 2021